Barilla is Pitching In to Get Kids in the Kitchen

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I’m so excited to have the opportunity to watch this awesome Italian culinary experience next Monday April 16, 2012 in New York City. I was invited by Barilla to come watch as they partner with the Italian American Committee on Education (IACE) to sponsor a cooking series for kids called “Eat Healthy and Speak Italian”. It’s held at The International Culinary Center in New York City so I’ll be taking the train up for the day to see kids learn about food and cooking from professional chefs, and even how to speak Italian!

Kids Can Cook

Healthy adults start out by being healthy kids. More and more people care about where their food is coming from, which is great. Kids will get involved with cooking when given the opportunity. It’s a great way to bond with them and spend “WE time”. Getting kids into the kitchen is so important in helping them form healthy relationships with food and help promotes their own personal wellness and self care.

In a previous post I talked about the importance of family meals, and the fact that research has shown that kids who share family meals 3 or more times per week are more likely to be in a normal weight range, have healthier eating patterns, and are less likely to engage in disordered eating.

Here’s a little background on the event:

The educational cooking classes are a celebration of Italian food and culture, where students ages 10-15 will learn to cook traditional and nutritious pasta dishes from scratch. Renowned Italian Chef Cesare Casella, Dean of The School of Italian Studies at The International Culinary Center, will teach students to make authentic Italian recipes, demonstrating the same techniques used in the school’s professional culinary career programs.

The kids will even get the opportunity to prepare dishes including whole grain pastas and fresh vegetables. Working with whole grain pasta is such a quick and easy way to get a wholesome dinner on the table. For a quick primavera, you just need to mix fresh or frozen veggies with store bought pasta sauce and whole grain pasta and you have dinner in 15 minutes!

Stay tuned to hear more about my experience at the event Monday! In the meantime, check out Barilla’s website for some tasty recipes.

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